AVOID A FINANCIAL DISASTER AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER

December 11th, 2015

BE AWARE OF GROWING FRAUD SCHEMES

We’re here to help protect you, especially after a storm or natural disaster.

Unfortunately, disaster affected neighborhoods are often targeted by some unscrupulous people who offer construction, clean-up, or repair “services”, and then defraud victims using tactics such as:

Requiring up-front money, and then never showing up to do the work

Using cheap materials or doing sub-standard work to increase their profits

KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND WHEN REBUILDING

Never pay a contractor in full or sign a certificate of completion until the work is done and you’re satisfied the work is complete and competent

Never sign a blank contract or a form with missing or blank information

Never let a contractor pressure you into hiring their company

Never let a contractor discourage insurance company or agent contact, or interpret coverage

Always get more than one estimate for repairs

Always get contractor credentials before work is agreed upon. Note the license plates on work vehicles, and check the state license of any contractor before work is authorized

Get the following in writing: cost, work to be done, schedules, guarantees and payment structure

Always check references, and review all documents

 

 

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